Dunbrody Famine Ship
New Ross, Co. Wexford.
Tel: 051 425239.
The Dunbrody is a full-scale reproduction of a 19th Century famine ship (three masted Barque built in Quebec in 1845) which brought many emigrants from Ireland to America during and after the Great Famine. Board the Dunbrody and walk in the footsteps of famine emigrants on their journey of hope across the Atlantic Ocean.
The Quay, New Ross, County Wexford.
The Ros Tapestry features 15 large panels which depict the events around the Anglo-Norman arrival in the South East of Ireland, specifically the founding of the town of New Ross and the combined effects on the shaping of Leinster and Ireland by William Marshal and his wife, Isabel de Clare, daughter of Strongbow.
John F Kennedy Arboretum
New Ross, Co. Wexford.
Tel: 051 388171
The arboretum is dedicated to the memory of John F. Kennedy and contains 4,500 types of trees and shrubs from all temperate regions of the world. There are 200 forest plots grouped by continent. It covers 252 hectares with panoramic views, picnic areas, maze, play area, lake, tearoom/shop (seasonal), miniature railway (seasonal) and visitor centre with audio-visual.
Dunganstown, New Ross, Co. Wexford.
Tel: 051 388264
Visit the birthplace of the late President John F Kennedy’s great grandfather where you can enjoy an audio-visual presentation and guided tour, which takes visitors through the family history and historical setting of the Kennedy legacy.
Dunbrody Abbey & Visitor Centre
Campile, Co. Wexford.
Tel: 051 388933
Dunbrody Abbey is a 12th Century Cistercian Monastery and a visit is a must. It includes a full-sized hedge maze, pitch and putt course, textile academy, craft shop and tea rooms.
Tintern, Saltmills, Co. Wexford.
Tel: 051 562650
Cistercian Abbey founded c1200 by William, Earl of Marshall.
Hook Light House and Heritage Centre
Hook Head, Co. Wexford.
Tel: 051 397055
The Hook Light House is about 800 years old and is the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. Guided tours of the lighthouse tower are available all year round and are one of the top things to do in Wexford and Waterford. Visitors can climb the 115 steps to the spectacular view from the balcony. The Hook Light House is listed as the no. 1 flashiest lighthouse in the world by the Lonely Planet Guide.
Duncannon, Co. Wexford.
Tel: 051 389454.
Duncannon Fort is a star-shaped fortress built to repel the Spanish Armada and to stop the pirates plundering the merchant ships on their way up to Waterford Harbour. Built in 1588, the Fort boasts many attractions including a Military and Maritime Museum, Pirates Visitor Centre, Cockleshells Arts Centre displaying works by local artists, exhibitions, artist studio, café and craft ship.
Hook Head, Co. Wexford.
Tel: 051 397728
Loftus Hall is reputed to be the most haunted house in Ireland. Interactive tours are available which recount the grim and gruesome history behind Loftus Hall.
Irish National Heritage Park
Tel: 053 9120733.
In just one visit, you can experience 9,000 years of Irish history in a fascinating setting of woodland, riverbank and native Irish dwellings. Discover how the Celtic, Norman and Viking settlers left their mark on the countryside.
Johnstown Castle and Irish Agricultural Museum
Murntown, Co. Wexford.
Tel: 053 9171247
Johnstown Castle is a 19th Century turreted castle whose gardens contain a wide variety of trees and shrubs, exotic examples blend with native species in a stunning setting that represents the best aspects of both a formal and a wild garden. A man-made lake with its own particular flora and fauna adds to the appeal of this wonderful Wexford landmark. The Irish Agricultural Museum displays a large number of agricultural artefacts including some items donated by Rosegarland Estate.
The Wexford Walking Experience
Tel: 053 9122400
2 hour historical and anecdotal walking tour of Wexford town which takes place every Wednesday. Booking: Wexford Opera House.
Wexford Walking Tours
Tel: 087 9175171
This 90 minute walking tour of Wexford’s historical sights departs from Wexford Tourism Office on Crescent Quay at 11 am every day (except Sunday) from 1 March to 31 October.
Wells House & Gardens
Gorey, Co. Wexford.
Tel: 053 9186737
Enjoy exploring Wells House and Gardens, a Victorian house in North Wexford. A host of activities are available to entertain visitors including a woodland walk, a restored Victorian garden, a living Victorian house tour, archery, falconry, an adventure playground, a craft courtyard and tearooms.
Kilmore Quay and the Saltee Islands
Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford
Kilmore Quay is a scenic fishing village renowned for its thatched cottages and for producing some of the best seafood in Ireland. Boat trips to the nearby Saltee Islands are highly recommended to see the gannets, puffins and seals.